A group of senior Labour MPs are planning to join the rally on Monday, which will see an estimated 250,000 anti-Trump demonstrators line the streets of the capital. But Mr Trump has made what appears to ne suggestions an anti-US Labour Party could even put sharing of military intelligence between Britain and America at risk. It follows the Liberal Demcrats also risking the special relationship after releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister, denouncing the president’s visit as “dissapointing”.
Around £18million will be spent on an extra 20,000 police officers to be deployed at over 20 anti-Trump demonstrations in the UK.
Emily Thornberry, Diane Abbott and Dawn Butler are all expected to join protestors marching from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square as the president begins his three-day state visit to the UK on Monday.
But Mr Trump warned the special relationship between the two nations, which has been preserved since World War 2, would be damaged if Mr Corbyn came in to power.
Trump said the Labour leader was ‘making a mistake’ by failing to forge a close tie with the US, due to the country’s close cooperation on military and intelligence matters.
Speaking ahead of his trip to the UK, Mr Trump said: “We are very good for the UK if you look at what we do for the UK in terms of many things, including – obviously – the military and intelligence as well.
“I think that somebody in that position would want to and have to get along with the United States.”
Mr Corbyn has refused to attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday night, accusing the firebrand president of “an entirely unacceptable interference in our democracy”.
Foreign Secretary and leadership contender Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday that Labour’s “disgraceful anti-Americanism” threatened to “harm the national interest by throwing away our relationship with our closest ally”.
Tory MPs also warned Labour that it’s attitude was “putting the special relationship at risk” – saying it was important to remember the US is Britain’s “closest and most important friend in the world”.
MP Andrew Rosindell said: “This is a serious misjudgment by the opposition. The US is our closest and most important friend.
“This is very likely to damage our relationship at a time when we need to deepen our relationship with America. Labour is putting politics before the interests of the country.
ERG member and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “Encouraging student union-style attacks on Mr Trump makes the mayor of London appear juvenile and is neither wise or statesmanlike.”
The open letter from the Lib Dems read: “It is extremely disappointing that President Trump has been granted a state visit in June when the opposition to rolling out the red carpet for him has been communicated widely.
“This is a man who seeks to spread division and alienate minorities in his own country, and across ours. When the Government are trying desperately to pull us away from our partners in Europe, this is not the relationship we should be cultivating.
“Anyone spreading such views should not be welcome in the UK, regardless of the office they hold and the Liberal Democrats demand better.”
Theresa May said she was “looking forward to welcoming President Trump to the UK and building on the strong and enduring ties between our countries”.
Mr Trump is due to arrive on Monday morning on board Air Force One to begin his three-day official state visit.
The US President and First Lady Melania Trump will meet with members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace on Monday and political leaders on Tuesday.
Published at Mon, 03 Jun 2019 08:24:00 +0000